Private life – Leave to remain – Adult

Paragraph 276 ADE of the Immigration Rules allows leave to remain on the basis of private life in the UK. This is particularly important for someone whose stay in the UK is not on a lawful foundation. People who having met certain conditions shall be able to regularize their stay and eventually can apply for settlement and citizenship. As per Paragraph 276ADE, if you are:

  • under 18 and you have lived in the UK continuously for at least 7 years (discounting any period of imprisonment), and it would be unreasonable to expect you to leave the UK;
  • between 18 and 24 and you have lived continuously in the UK for more than half your life (discounting any period of imprisonment);
  • 18 or over and have spent less than 20 years (discounting any period of imprisonment) in the UK and you would face very significant problems if you have to live in the country you would have to go to. For example, you do not speak the language and could not learn it;
  • 25 or over and you have been in the UK continuously for 20 years (discounting any period of imprisonment);

It is to remembered that this route as an opportunity for people who have come to the UK lawfully but for some reasons or the other, they are now overstayer. There are many people who are not habitual offender rather very much law abiding, yet because of the operation of law, they have become victim of intricacy of law. If their leave can be regularized, they could contribute to the economy of the UK by paying tax and to the society using their talent and skill.

Again, a good number of people who are 25 years or above and are living in the UK for a long time with no lawful leave. These people have come to the UK in their youth. But they have become victim of operation of law and consequently are now overstayer. Paragraph 276ADE enables these people to regularize their leave into leave to remain.

Prior to 2012, this was 14 years instead of what is now 20 years. When their leave will be regularized under Paragraph 276ADE, they would have lawful residence and be able to apply after 10 years. Although they will be able to settle after 30 years of their first arrival in the UK, yet it is commendable that Immigration Rules has taken this into consideration.

You need to apply online. There are fees you need to pay. If you are unable to pay the fees, you can apply for fee-waiver. Although it is difficult to satisfy the conditions for fee-waiver, it is possible to secure one provided your condition is professionally addressed.

In Immigration 2 UK, we shall process your application error-free and make sure your application succeeds without any difficulty. You can contact us by email, WhatsApp, or Skype. We are very much considerate about the client’s situation and therefore it is our policy to extend professional help with utmost empathy.